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Raj Dewar

I am a personal injury lawyer with over 15 years of experience acting exclusively for injured people. For me the law is a means of protecting vulnerable people and achieving justice. My practice includes helping people deal with serious car accident claims, family compensation, wrongful death, and infant claims.

I’m a skilled trial lawyer and I have also enjoyed success representing clients at mediations and settlement negotiations.

In my experience, focusing on getting better is good for both your short term and long term goals. Always follow your doctor’s advice, it will only make your case stronger and it will help you get your life back because one day this case will be over.  If you are not sure about something contact me and let’s talk about it. Focus on getting better, as opposed to the litigation. My job is to deal with your case; your only job is to get better.

I encourage you to reach out when you need help – and remember, you’re not in this alone.

I went to law school after a 13-year career with SkyTrain. During that time, I was also in the volunteer reserves of the Vancouver Police Department (my younger brother is a police officer). While at the VPD, experienced officers I worked with encouraged me to go to law school. By then I was already enrolled in the criminology program at Simon Fraser University. I applied to law school during my 3rd year and was accepted at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

After completing my law degree, I returned to Vancouver and articled with a respected litigation firm. My articles included working on insurance defence files. The turning point for me occurred when I was researching case law to support the denial of insurance benefits to catastrophically injured people. My mother had been in a really bad car crash when I was a kid and had fractured her hip. I remember the terrible time she had while she was recovering and the impact her injury had on our family. I also remember the feeling that more could have been done to help her as she fought to regain her life. At that point, I decided insurance defence wasn’t for me and that I wanted to help the victims of car accidents and negligence. Since then, I have focused my practice on helping people to get fair compensation and access to appropriate rehabilitation.

I try to be a friendly, approachable person.  I find it very satisfying to talk to people, hear their stories, and find solutions to their issues. I know that the lingo that lawyers use is not second nature for most people, and I make sure my clients understand what legal terms mean and how the process works.

The daughter of hard working immigrants, I am very comfortable dealing with clients of all different ethnicities. Whether you are Indian, Asian, Polish or Caucasian the key is communication in a culturally sensitive, understandable way. I speak Punjabi and understand Hindi which is often helpful when gathering evidence and advising my clients.

I like a challenge and I often see people who’ve been told they don’t have a case – sometimes that’s true, but sometimes it just requires a different approach.

Outside my practice, I care about contributing to a positive, supportive environment for children that is free from poverty, abuse, and racism. I am also a huge sports fan. I admire the discipline and dedication it takes to be a professional athlete and I’m the proud owner of seasons tickets for the Canucks, BC Lion’s, Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Seattle Seahawks.

 

Professional Associations

  • Governor, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, American Association of Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers)

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Burnaby Hospital Foundation (since 2013)